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    Hi Richard, I am getting ready to work on the T-Bottom tote and some other bags and I finally got around to opening my Bontex box and I have 2 pieces of the 0.12, 0.20, 0.30, and I think 0.40.   My question is, I don’t know what weight of Bontex to put on what parts of the bag, can you help me out with this and tell me what parts of the bag I should use these different weights of Bontex on? Also, do you use Bontex as a stabilizer like for the front and back of a bag if you want a structured bag or would you use a Peltex or something like that.  I looked at the bag stiffener that Tandy Leather uses and I don’t know but it looks to be to thick for handbags, what is your thought and advice on the bag stiffener?  Thanks for your help Richard, I am hoping to learn a lot about bag making.  Tammy


    Hi Tammy,

    I thought I sent you a note explaining, but here it is again.

    As you go through the course you will discover how the different weights are use, it mostly depends on the designer how they want the bag to look and the type of support they want the bag to have. Consider how stiff you want your edges and how to support the body of the bag. Remember you can turn Bontex too much, it will create creases. so only use it on the body of the bag after turned. Also remember that you can use Pellon 926 when you want to give the body of your bag more support, then you can turn the bag.

    .013 for turning stays and windows, flap linings, appliqués

    .015 for turning stays and windows, flap linings, appliqués, handles depending on fabric.

    .020 for stays , turning stays zipper windows and slip pockets, appliqués, tailored linings, handles

    .030 for bottoms, flaps

    .040 for bottoms, envelop bags,

    In most cases I will say which one to use as I go through the process of making the bag in the video. However this is always designer preference.

    *The weights are marked in the corners of each sheet.

    yes it used for structure, you have to sew the bags differently, Bontex can’t be turned. It can’t be turned if use on the front, back and as a stay for the gussets. You can get away with bottoms because the turn is not so drastic. If the bag is soft constructed and must be turned then 926 Pellon is a better choice.

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